Each year, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution creates a National Theme and the National President develops a program that will benefit the Society and the nation. Led by National President Betsy Ehmcke and Senior National President Billie Spence, our National Board promotes the project and theme to support our educational programs.
The National Theme for the 2014–2015 N.S.C.A.R. year is O! Say Can You See.
The 2014-2015 National President’s project is to make a donation to the Star-Spangled Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland, in honor of the Star-Spangled Banner’s bicentennial. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House began as the home of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the Star-Spangled Banner, and has become a museum that retells the impact Mary and her flag had on our independence. The museum attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year, with 30% of its visitors coming with school groups.
Unfortunately, of the ten flags on the grounds of the Flag House, all ten are in need of repair. As this is an expensive project and falls outside of restricted exhibit funds, the Flag House has been unable to fix them. This year, the N.S.C.A.R. hopes to raise $20,000 to donate to the Flag House. With our donation, all ten flags can be restored, including a large Star-Spangled Banner that flies in front of the museum. Our donation will also cover the cost of a recognition marker for the N.S.C.A.R. on the Flag House grounds.
In addition to a donation to the Flag House, this year the N.S.C.A.R. will place an emphasis on learning about our nation’s flag. Local societies are encouraged to spend time learning flag etiquette and exploring the history of the American flag. Our flag symbolizes freedom and independence, and our societies will pay tribute to it in its bicentennial.
Join us as we honor the American flag. “O! Say Can You See”, may our flag ever wave.